Diplomat Records

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Diplomat Records
Founded 2003
Founder Jim Jones & Cam'ron
Genre Hip hop, east coast hip hop
Country of origin United States

Diplomat Records is an American hip hop record label founded by Harlem rappers Jim Jones and Cam'ron. Dipset currently releases music under the independent label E1 music. In the early 2000s Dipset was very popular for having star rappers with radio hits like Juelz Santana and Cam'Ron and for their association with Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella records. In 2005 Dipset moved away from Roc-a-Fella and Cam'Ron sold Juelz Santana's contract back to Def Jam. Between 2006 and 2009 Dipset was relatively quiet aside from Cam'Ron and Jim Jones. However, in 2010 they reunited and have begun to associate themselves with rapper Vado.

Distribution[edit]

Diplomat Records does not have traditional distribution in the sense that each of its artists have deals with individual labels. In 2005, Koch Records and then Diplomat Records vice president of A&R Ashor signed a deal to release Dipset: More Than Music.[1] Also in 2005, when founder Cam'ron parted ways with Roc-A-Fella/Island/Def Jam and signed with Asylum,[2] he secured that his albums be released under his "Diplomat" label,[3] while also securing any future Diplomat group albums under Koch.[4] Label president Freekey Zekey[5][6] also released his debut album on Diplomat Records with distribution coming from Koch.[6] In addition to the deal with Koch to release the "More Than Music" album, co-founder Jim Jones released his first three albums under Koch in association with Diplomat.[7][8][9] Juelz Santana also released his first two albums under Diplomat with distribution by Def Jam,[10][11] until his contract as a solo artist with "Diplomat Records" was sold to Def Jam by Cam'ron.[12][13] In a 2008 interview, Diplomat member and signee 40 Cal. confirmed several labels that the individual members are and were distributed by at the time including J.R. Writer being distributed under Babygrande Records,[14] though earlier reports listed him as being distributed, like many others on the Diplomat label, through Koch.[15]

Roster[edit]

Current Artists[edit]

Act Year signed # Albums released under Diplomat
The Diplomats 2002 2

Former Artists[edit]

Act Years on the label # Albums released under Diplomat
Juelz Santana 2002-2008 1
Freekey Zekey 2002-2008 1
J.R. Writer 2003-2008 1
40 Cal 2004-2008 2
Hell Rell 2003-2008 1
Cam'ron 2002-2010 4
U.N. 2009-2010 1
Vado 2009-2010 1
Jim Jones 2002-2012 5

Discography[edit]

Year Information
2002 Cam'ronCome Home with Me
2003 The DiplomatsDiplomatic Immunity
  • Released: March 25, 2003
  • Chart positions: 8 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: 1x Platinum
  • Singles: "Dipset Anthem", "I Really Mean It"
Juelz SantanaFrom Me to U
2004 Jim JonesOn My Way to Church
The DiplomatsDiplomatic Immunity 2
  • Released: November 23, 2004
  • U.S Sales: 500,000 +
  • Singles: "S.A.N.T.A.N.A.", "Crunk Muzik"
Cam'ronPurple Haze
  • Released: December 7, 2004
  • Chart position: 20 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold[16]
  • U.S. sales: 800,000[17]
  • Singles: "Get Em Girl", "Girls", "Down and Out"
2005 Jim JonesHarlem: Diary of a Summer
  • Released: August 23, 2005
  • Chart position: 5 U.S.
  • U.S Sales: 350,000 +
  • Singles: "Baby Girl", "Summer Wit Miami", "What You Been Drankin On"
Juelz SantanaWhat the Game's Been Missing!
2006 Cam'ronKilla Season
  • Released: May 16, 2006
  • U.S Sales: 500,00 +
  • RIAA certification: Gold
  • Chart position: 2 U.S.
  • Singles: "Suck it or Not", "Wet Wipes"
J.R. WriterHistory in the Making
  • Released: July 11, 2006
  • Chart position: 25 U.S.
  • U.S Sales: 150,000 +
  • Singles: "Grill 'Em", "Byrd Call"
40 Cal.Broken Safety
  • Released: August 8, 2006
  • Singles: "Runnin' This Rap Shit"
Jim JonesHustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment)
  • Released: November 7, 2006
  • Chart position: 6 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Gold[18]
  • Singles: "We Fly High", "Reppin Time", "Emotionless"
2007 Freekey ZekeyBook of Ezekiel
  • Released: July 24, 2007
  • U.S Sales: 50,000 +
  • Chart position: 154
  • Singles: "Hater What You Lookin At", "Like This"
40 Cal.Broken Safety 2
  • Released: September 11, 2007
  • Singles: "The Big Boys"
  • U.S sales: 4,230
Hell RellFor the Hell of It
  • Released: September 25, 2007
  • U.S Sales : 75,000 +
  • Chart position: 55 U.S.
  • Singles: "Show Off"
2008 40 Cal.The Yellow Tape
  • Released: April 11, 2008
2009 Cam'ron - Crime Pays
  • Released: May 12, 2009
  • U.S Sales: 175,000 +
  • Singles: "My Job", "Get It In Ohio"
2010 U.N. - Heat in Here Vol. 1
  • Released: May 25, 2010
  • U.S Sales: 4000+
2011 Cam'ron & Vado - Gunz n' Butta
  • Released: April 19, 2011
  • U.S Sales: 10,000+
  • Singles: "Speaking In Tungs"

References[edit]

  1. ^ (June 2005) Diplomat Records & Koch Records Announce New Partnership With Diplomats VP of A&R Duke "Da God" Accessed September 19, 2008.
  2. ^ Ozzie (April 30, 2005) Cam'ron inks deal with Asylum/Warner Accessed September 18, 2008.
  3. ^ Dave (April 30, 2005) Cam'ron leaves Rocafella RapBasement Accessed September 18, 2008.
  4. ^ (June 2005) June 2005 Interview with Cam'ron XXL. Accessed September 19, 2008.
  5. ^ Edwards, Brandon. "Freekey Zekey So Harlem Pt. 1", XXLmag.com, February 13, 2007. Accessed September 21, 2008.
  6. ^ a b Black Widow (December 4, 2006) Ballin!: Freekey Zekey Snags A Multi-Million Dollar Deal; Jones Celebrates A 'Dipset X-Mas' SixShot. Accessed September 21, 2008.
  7. ^ (November 2004) KOCH Records Announces New Partnership With Diplomat Records Accessed September 19, 2008.
  8. ^ Jim Jones 'Harlem: The Diary Of A Summer album Accessed September 19, 2008.
  9. ^ Thomas Golianopoulos (December 4, 2006) Jim Jones, 'Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment)' (Diplomat/Koch) Spin Magazine Online. Accessed September 19, 2008.
  10. ^ From Me to U Accessed September 19, 2008.
  11. ^ Shaheem Reid, with additional reporting by Rahman Dukes MTV's Mixtape Monday Accessed September 19, 2008.
  12. ^ (August 19, 2008) Was Cam'ron holding Juelz Santana Back? DefSounds Accessed September 20, 2008.
  13. ^ (August 1, 2008) Juelz Santana's contract Sold to Def Jam DefSounds. Accessed September 20, 2008.
  14. ^ Quinton Hatfield (August 11, 2008) 40 Cal.: The Rising Up HipHopDX. Accessed September 20, 2008.
  15. ^ Michael Ivey (May 3, 2008) Dipset Moves on JR Writer's Debut Accessed September 21, 2008.
  16. ^ a b Searchable Database. RIAA. Accessed September 16, 2008.
  17. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (December 29, 2005). A Rap Tale of 2 Cities and 2 Stars. The New York Times. Accessed September 16, 2008.
  18. ^ Omar Burgess (October 30th, 2007) Jim Jones To Release "Harlem's American Gangster" HipHopDX. Accessed September 21, 2008.

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